Stephen Ministry



St. Andrew is a Stephen Ministry congregation.  That means that our congregation equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

While our pastors will always be there, there are times when a trained Stephen Minister can provide more on-going needs than a pastor is able to effectively give by themselves. Stephen Ministers may make regular visits to the lonely, visit at the hospital or offer support and encouragement in a crisis. The Stephen Minister is someone who “will be there” for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully for as long as there is a need.

What are some of the challenges you may be facing?  A Stephen Minister could walk with you through one of these situations:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Illness
  • Divorce or  separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or job crisis
  • Incarceration
  • Aging
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
  • Relocation
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
  • and many more

If you or someone you know needs the caring concern of a Stephen Minister, contact one of our pastors.

Or if you would like to become a Stephen Minister, contact Stephen Leader Bill Putnam.